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Favre’s No. 4 to be retired Thanksgiving night

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Brett Favre is coming back to torment the Chicago Bears one final time.

The Green Bay Packers plan to retire Favre’s No. 4 during a Thanksgiving night game with the Chicago Bears, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The game is the primetime main event in the tripleheader the NFL has put on for several years, but represents a change for Green Bay, which had been matched up with the Detroit Lions in the holiday game every other year since 2007.

Favre will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame on July 18 and last year postponed a ceremony at Lambeau Field due to health concerns for longtime Packers quarterback Bart Starr.

“Again, my career in Green Bay, I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Favre said last summer. “It was awesome. The people were awesome, and I just think everything’s going to be fine, and in my opinion, it is now. It’s just a matter of getting back up there.”

Favre owned the division rival Bears as a member of the Packers and later with the Minnesota Vikings. He was 22-10 in 17 seasons, including 12-3 at Soldier Field.

The Packers have played one home game on Thanksgiving Day, a win in 1923 against the Hammond Pros.


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